Hello from 2017 Biostar has released a new graphics card
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Hello from 2017: Biostar has released a new graphics card Radeon RX 550

Biostar company decided “Bring Back 2017” and released the entry-level graphics card Radeon RX 550 (codename VA5505RG41). The novelty can be the choice of those who do not need an advanced graphics accelerator and there is no integrated GPU in the system or it is not enough.

    Image source: Biostar

Image source: Biostar

Biostar’s Radeon RX 550 is based on a GPU codenamed AMD LexaPro (GCN 4.0 architecture). It only has 512 shader units on board and not 640 like the Radeon RX 550, which was produced on the basis of the AMD Baffin LE chip. The “new” graphics processor works in the frequency range from 1100 to 1183 MHz. The declared performance level on single precision operations (FP32) is 1.2 TFlops. The actual performance of the Radeon RX 550 is slightly slower than the integrated Vega graphics of the Radeon 5 5600G APU.

This graphics card does not shine with gaming performance. It is not recommended to run games with a resolution higher than 1280 × 720 pixels. In this case, it is desirable to reduce all graphics settings to a minimum. However, an accelerator with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory is quite suitable for working in the usual office applications. And the presence of four HDMI connectors with support for 4K resolution allows you to connect up to four displays to them at once.

Biostar’s Radeon RX 550 features a single-slot design and is equipped with a compact single-fan cooling system. Connections for an additional power supply are not provided here. A regular motherboard PCIe slot will do. However, the manufacturer recommends using a 250W power supply with the graphics card.

The company did not provide any information on the costs of the “new product”. Today, however, the average price of Radeon RX 550 models is around $210. Remember that five years ago, when the video card first came out, the recommended price was $79. Therefore, today you have to pay more than two and a half times as much for it.

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